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BASF doubles polyetheramine capacity at its Geismar site Debottleneck project provides added capacity for polyurea, epoxy customers

Published on 2006-05-18. Author : SpecialChem

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- BASF has completed debottlenecking efforts at the company's Gesimar, La., manufacturing site, doubling the company's North America production capacity for its polyetheramine products.

"This additional polyetheramine capacity will be good news for our polyurea and epoxy customers," said Christiane Hackl, Industry Manager, Epoxy and Polyurea Products for BASF's Intermediates business in North America. "We have seen strong growth of our products in these markets as well as strong growth of these markets themselves. Increasing our polyetheramine capacity enables us to ensure that BASF can meet the current and future needs of our customers in North America."

Polyetheramines are used in polyurea and epoxy systems employed in the automotive and construction industries. Other applications include plastics, composites and adhesives.

BASF has the world's most diverse portfolio of amines. In addition to alkyl-, alkanol-, alkoxyalkyl-, di- and polyamines, the company produces aromatic amines as well as heterocyclic and chiral blends. In addition, BASF markets a constantly expanding portfolio of chiral amines that possess high optical and chemical purity. These chemical intermediates are produced in Ludwigshafen and Schwarzheide, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Geismar, Louisiana; Camaçari, Brazil; and Nanjing, China. Polyetheramines are produced in Geismar and Ludwigshafen.

BASF amines are also used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics as well as in cleaning and crop protection agents. In addition, amines are part of process chemical formulations utilized in water treatment and paper, textile and leather manufacturing.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF employs about 10,000 people in North America and had sales of approximately $11.3 billion in 2005.

As the world's leading chemical company, BASF's portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. BASF's intelligent system solutions and high-value products help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. In 2005, BASF had approximately 81,000 employees and posted sales of more than $50.4 billion. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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